The Dean Rusk International Studies Program provides grant-funded opportunities for student study, research, service, and experiential learning abroad in geographic locations of the student's choosing. 

There are two grant cycles per year, one for Winter Break projects and one for Summer projects.  Grant proposals  for Winter Break should meet a minimum time requirement of 2 weeks. Summer grant proposals should meet a minimum time requirement of 3 weeks, but preferably summer experiences should be longer than 3 weeks. Grant awards will vary considerably depending on the availability of funds, number of applications received, and other factors.   

Students should make sure their proposal fits one of the four appropriate categories below based on their grant objectives.

Guidelines and other useful information for submitting grants is available on our How to Apply page.



All Dean Rusk grant applications must be submitted through the Submittable application on the Center for Teaching and Learning website (use the link below to access the application forms.) You will be asked to choose the category of Dean Rusk Grant that you are submitting. 

All Dean Rusk applications will be available beginning August 1st for winter break proposals via Submittable.

The Submittable Grant Application website will accept applications for summer proposals once the winter break grant cycle closes.

There is a separate Submittable application for students applying to QASID University.

Important!  Students applying to study at the Qasid Arabic Institute must complete the college’s Summer Study Abroad Application for non-Davidson Programs by February 1. Students who complete an application to the QASID program may also apply for Dean Rusk QASID funding through Submittable which is also due on February 1. Please contact  the Dean Rusk International Studies Program or Education Abroad office with any questions.

Proposal Guidelines for Students

Students who apply for Dean Rusk Grants should carefully read the guidelines, as well as use the checklist, when preparing their proposals.

Proposal Guidelines

Faculty Recommender Guidelines

Endowed Travel Funds

Endowed travel funds have been given by alumni and friends of Davidson College who are deeply committed to broadening the scope and resources of international studies at Davidson.  The endowed funds are used to support international travel grants for students and faculty, based on each fund's specifications.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that you have a lot of questions about applying for travel grants. How much time should I spend abroad?  When should I start my application?  What if my plans change after I submit?